My 8th grader graduated on Thursday and will be continuing to High School. My senior graduated from HS today and will be heading onto college in the fall. Both were joyful events as both boys are ready to move on. I didn’t expect to cry but I did. There’s something about the song “Pomp and Circumstance” that brings out emotions in me! Besides my boys’ graduations, the song reminds me of my own graduations in life.
This generation is full of hope. Today’s grads want to do some good in the world. They want to explore the world. They want to do what they love. Money isn’t necessasarily the end-all, the way it was when my generation was graduating in the ’80’s. If you watch the news, you know how bad the world is portrayed. It can be disheartening to be entering the workforce. The bad news puts fear in the lives of these young grads. But you don’t want to concentrate on the negative with a new grads. Give them some inspiration! Write some wonderful quotes for them in their graduation card and inspire them.
Why do we love quotes? Quotes reaffirm, remind and put life into perspective. Quotes help us to understand ourselves. Quotes are popular sayings that often express common sense and universal truths. They often motivate us and make us think. Quotes inspire. Quotes pack a lot of wisdom into a few words. Quotes explain a purpose to life.
As many of you know, I love quotes! I’ve been inspired by quotes since the first quote book I received as a young girl from my aunt. Over the past few years, I’ve collected these quotes and put them in my second book, THE ZEN MAMA’S BOOK OF QUOTES. Here are some to inspire the graduate in your life!
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.
Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
You don’t get to choose how you’re going to die. Or when. You can only decide how you’re going to live. Now.
There is no education like adversity.
There are no mistakes, no coincidences. All events are blessings given to us to learn from.
The road to success is always under construction.
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity;
an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
Three Rules of Work:
Out of clutter find simplicity;
From discord find harmony;
In the middle of difficulty
It is our choices…that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.
Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
When one door closes, another opens: but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.
~Alexander Graham Bell
A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her.
If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your own path.
If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to yourself and others.
Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.
~James M. Barrie
If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world…it is the only thing that ever has.
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